So, I may be moving soon. As soon as I started thinking of moving I started searching for hoopers in the area... I've searched here on hoopcity and googled with a variety of key words and combinations and as far as I can tell there isn't much of a hoop scene there. Where I am now, I have a gaggle of hoop friends and I can't imagine being in a place without a hoop buddy near by.
With that being said, I look at this as more of a challenge than a problem. So, do any of you have any advice or tips for starting up a hooping community?
be a trailblazer and show people just how awesome hooping is!
hoop in a public park or university green (uni is probably safer, less weirdos) and you will get exposure and random people wanting to try. everytime i take hoops to the park i am bombarded with people who want to give it a go.
If there are no hoopers where you're going you should make it your mission to create some! I live in a place where people still think hula hoops are for toddlers...so I talked about it until I was blue in the face in the hopes of getting others started. And you know what? It works. :D You want a challenge? There it is - create your own hooping community in your area! It'll be fun, friendly and indeed one heck of a challenge!
Peace :) xx
I have a question... There is pretty big hoop scene in Richmond (about 2 hours away from me, or so) but I can't find anything going on in Virginia Beach.
I am considering taking classes to become a certified instructor. Then what? Market myself to gyms? In the nice weather, I could have my own classes on the beach... but in the down seasons, I would have nowhere to go.
So, say I do market myself to some local gyms.... what can I expect as far as payment? Honestly, making money would not be my top priority, but at the same time, the classes aren't cheap. I would have to have enough hoops to go around, and the gym is going to make money... why shouldn't I?
I would bring a couple to the park and encourage people to play. When they see how much fun you're having, it's hard to resist. Once I got a friend or two involved, I made a sign that said "Come Hoop With Us!" that helped ^_^
Thank you for all the replies! :) I've been online looking around at community centers in the area to possibly teach in and maybe hold hoop jams. It's kinda hard to do it all online since I'm not there, yet.
I do plan on marketing it as a fitness thing originally then hopefully I will find people who are more into the dance aspect of it.
Plus, I have plenty of hoops to take with me, for others to try, when I go the park or other public areas to play. :)